So-called "legal highs" (psychoactive substances) are substances which seek to mimic the effects of drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy.
They are defined in law as a drug which is capable of affecting a person's mental functioning or emotional state, but is not currently controlled as a class A, B or C drug.
New legislation has come into force making the sale of New Psychoactive Substances, commonly known as ‘legal highs’, illegal.
The Psychoactive Substances Act 2016 prohibits the production, supply and importation of synthetic substances that have the same or similar effects to some class A drugs. It grants police officers and other agencies greater powers to take action to keep the public safe from the harm caused by so called ‘legal highs’.
If any person is believed to be suffering health difficulties having taken a ‘legal high’ call 999 immediately, put the individual in the recovery position and ask for immediate medical assistance.
For help or advice on all drugs including ‘legal highs’ Talk to Frank on 0800 777 6600 or visit www.talktofrank.com
You can also join in the discussion on legal highs by using #legalhighs
If you believe a shop or business is continuing to supply psychoactive substances once the legislation is in force, please contact 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Those who deal in psychoactive substances face up to seven years in prison.
The blanket ban on the sale, supply, importation and exportation of the dangerous drugs will apply across the UK whenever they are intended for human consumption.
Police and other agencies now have new powers to shut down ‘headshops’ and UK-based online dealers, helping to protect potential users from harm and communities from anti-social behaviour.